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Yemen’s National Dialogue: The Need for a Contingency Plan


Alongside the emergence of an imminent security threat against Western targets, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference continued its efforts to resolve the country’s problems through negotiation. But are expectations too high?

The final months of Yemen’s much-vaunted National Dialogue Conference (NDC), aimed at resolving the country’s substantial political, social and economic issues through peaceful negotiations, have been marked by continued military operations – including a surge in US drone attacks – against Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They have also witnessed the temporary closure of the US embassy in Sana’a, as elsewhere in the Middle East, in response to a reportedly major

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